On the Occasion of the Feast of San Marino
Secretary of State
People of San Marino, please accept my sincere congratulations as you celebrate your national holiday, the Feast of San Marino, on September 3.
In these tumultuous times, the enduring 1,713-year-old Republic of San Marino is an example to the world. Your Republic’s ability to transcend past difficulty in Europe and remain a pillar of democracy demonstrates the determination of your people and the perseverance of your values. These qualities have made San Marino a valued ally of the United States throughout our shared history of promoting freedom at home and abroad. We continue to rely on your partnership as we work together to protect human rights and to provide humanitarian assistance around the world.
As you celebrate the Feast of San Marino, please accept the warmest wishes of the people of the United States.
Commerce Department Reports Demonstrate that Exports Continue to Help Spur U.S. Economy and Support JobsBarack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Blog Post on September 2, 2014 | 6:13 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)
Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Commerce's blog. See the original post here.
The Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce today released two new reports that further prove exports are strengthening our economy and creating good jobs. I am very pleased that for the very first time, our department has released data detailing the number of jobs supported by goods exports in 2013 in each of the 50 states. A second report released today highlights the level of goods exports achieved by each of the nation's 387 Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
Back in 2010, President Obama launched the first-ever national strategy to increase exports, the National Export Initiative (NEI), with the idea that American businesses could lead our economic recovery by selling more of their goods and services to markets all over the world. The NEI has been a remarkable success. The United States has broken export records for four straight years, hitting an all-time high of $2.3 trillion last year, up $700 billion from 2009. And just four years after NEI was launched, we know that 1.6 million more Americans have export-supported jobs, bringing the total to 11.3 million Americans who wake up every day and go to work in jobs supported by exports.
Today’s new data show more evidence of the NEI’s success. The first report released today, Jobs Supported by Goods Exports from States in 2013, breaks down the national total of jobs supported by good exports in 2013, 7.1 million, into estimates of the number of jobs in each state that are supported by goods exports. Texas exports supported more jobs – an estimated 1.1. million – than were supported by the exports from any other single state. Data show that goods exports from Texas, California, Washington, Illinois and New York supported an estimated 3 million jobs, or 43 percent of all U.S. jobs supported by exports in 2013.
Yesterday, the President celebrated Labor Day by visiting the city of Milwaukee for Laborfest, an annual festival hosted by the local AFL-CIO. While there, he spoke on a number of issues -- most notably the need to raise the minimum wage for America's workers.
Kicking off his remarks, the President said that Labor Day belongs to the "working folks who are here today, and the unions who've always had your back," and emphasized the importance of building our economy from the middle class out:
I didn't run for President to double down on top-down economics. I ran for President because I believed in bottom-up economics. I believed in middle-out economics. I placed a bet on you. I placed a bet on America’s workers. I put my money on American workers and the belief that our economy grows best when everybody has got a shot -- when folks who are willing to work hard can get into the middle class and stay in the middle class. And I’ve come back to Laborfest to say that because of your hard work, because of what we’ve been through together, that bet is starting to pay off.
Secretary's Remarks: Remarks With Panamanian Vice President Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado Before Their MeetingHillary Clinton's State Department Office (D) posted a Press Release on September 2, 2014 | 5:49 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)
Remarks With Panamanian Vice President Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado Before Their Meeting
Secretary of State
SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. It’s my pleasure to welcome the Vice President of Panama Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarada – Alvarado. And she is coming here to follow up on the important discussions that we had when I had the pleasure of being in Panama for the inauguration of President Varela.
We’re very much interested in the initiatives that the president and his administration are taking, very focused right now on domestic issues in Panama, particularly on water and sanitation issues but also obviously on the economy and the budget. We’re also very much looking forward to the Summit of the Americas, which is an important moment of leadership for Panama, and we look forward to a summit that will particularly, we hope, focus on all of the issues of security and concern between us but also issues of democracy and human rights, which are important in the Americas.
Panama and the United States boast of a very long and important relationship. We share mutual concerns for the hemisphere and particularly today a great deal of cooperative effort with respect to security issues. So I’m delighted to welcome the vice president here to Washington, and we look forward to some good discussions. Thank you.
VICE PRESIDENT SAINT MALO: Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Good afternoon, everybody. It is very nice to be here in this first official visit to the United States. Panama’s and the United States’ relations have been very strong for many, many years. We’ve worked together through some very difficult times for Panama, and the United States has always been supportive, and we’re very grateful.
We’re here, as the Secretary has said, to discuss some issues of mutual interest. President Varela’s foreign policy priorities are based, one, in the Panama as a country that promotes dialogue, Panama as a country that promotes consensus building, Panama as a country that helps bridges – build bridges among countries. It’s a role that we’ve played before in Panama’s history and that we hope to play again. And also we wish to push our foreign policy in terms of the global development agenda, which is very closely tied with President Varela’s domestic priorities for Panama also.
So we’re very happy to be here. These two foreign policy priorities, of course, will be important in the hosting of the seventh Summit of the Americas to be held in Panama next year in April, and we hope to have a successful summit. We expect President Obama to be present and the rest of the leaders of the region, and we do hope to be able, during the summit, to discuss issues of importance and of relevance to the region in terms of development, in terms of migration, in terms of other issues, such as energy, and of course, in terms of the priorities of the summit, such as democracy and human rights.
It is very nice to be here, and we thank you for hosting us.
SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you so much. You’re welcome.
VICE PRESIDENT SAINT MALO: Thank you. Thank you.
QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, do you believe that the video showing the beheading --
SECRETARY KERRY: Let me --
QUESTION: -- of Steven Sotloff is authentic?
SECRETARY KERRY: I’m going to be making some comments either later or tomorrow on that. Thank you.
VICE PRESIDENT SAINT MALO: Thank you.
U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki leads the Daily Press Briefing at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on September 2, 2014.
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U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki leads the Daily Press Briefing at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on September 28, 2014.
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The Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, "State Perspectives: Questions Concerning EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan."
The subcommittee will continue its oversight of EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan next week with a hearing featuring testimony from state regulators. In its proposal, EPA asserts unprecedented new regulatory authority over the way in which electricity is generated, transmitted, and consumed in states across the country. Under the Clean Power Plan, states would be required to submit individual or regional energy plans to EPA for approval in order to meet mandatory carbon dioxide emissions targets set by the agency for a state's power sector. Next week's hearing will allow state officials to provide their perspective on the regulation as proposed, including implementation challenges.
"Our oversight of EPA's Clean Power Plan thus far has left us with more questions than answers. Neither EPA nor FERC was able to adequately explain how this sweeping takeover of our electricity sector will work or what the consequences will be for consumers and our economy," said Chairman Whitfield. "The burden of implementing this plan will fall to the states, which are being asked to completely redesign their electricity systems. States will no longer be able to choose what the best electricity mix is to meet their own needs, and all energy-planning decisions will be subject to a federal veto. And it is American families and their jobs that will suffer. We look forward to hearing the states' perspectives on EPA's plan and how it will affect their ability to provide affordable and reliable electricity to consumers and businesses."
The subcommittee began its oversight of EPA's Clean Power Plan in June with a hearing featuring testimony from EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Janet McCabe. In July, the subcommittee heard FERC Commissioners' perspectives on EPA's plan.
The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony for next week's hearing will be available here as they are posted.